Michigan's top health official will go to trial for manslaughter charges in the wake of the Flint water crisis.
Arguments concluded in July over whether Nick Lyon, the state director of health and human services, would face a manslaughter trial in connection to the crisis, The Associated Press reports. Michigan's attorney general claimed Lyon didn't alert citizens to the outbreak soon enough, and on Monday a judge agreed to send Lyon to trial.
Two men died from Legionnaire's disease after the water supply in Flint, Michigan, was contaminated following the city's decision to switch water sources. Faulty old pipes contaminated the city's water, which has remained contaminated since 2014. After a 10-month preliminary hearing, Lyon was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of misconduct in office over the two deaths, per ABC affiliate 12 News. Lyon is the highest ranked of 15 officials criminally charged in relation to the water crisis, MLive says. Kathryn Krawczyk
At about 5:30 a.m. in Ankara, Turkey's capital, a gunman in a white car fired six shots at the U.S. Embassy, the Ankara governor said in a statement, The embassy was closed for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, and nobody was injured in the attack. "We can confirm a security incident took place at the U.S. Embassy early this morning," said embassy spokesman David Gainer. "We thank the Turkish National Police for their rapid response."
Tensions are high between Turkey and the U.S. over Turkey's imprisonment of an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, which prompted President Trump to double tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports just as the Turkish lira was weakening. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused America of waging economic warfare and steered blame for rising prices and other economic problems toward the U.S. There are fears that Turkey's troubles could spread, causing widespread global economic damage. Peter Weber
At least 22 are dead after a bridge collapsed in the Italian city of Genoa on Tuesday, Italy's deputy prime minister told Reuters.
A harsh storm in the northern Italian city likely caused the raised highway to collapse, creating what "looks like an immense tragedy," Italy's transport minister wrote on Twitter. Tons of concrete and steel fell onto buildings, cars, and an industrial site below, raising concern about gas leaks, per The Associated Press.
BREAKING:Bridge Collapse in Genua, Italy
Multiple people injured pic.twitter.com/SnDAsQLacu
— Hill news (@vkknkhjh) August 14, 2018
At least 20 vehicles were involved in the crash, and rescuers have already pulled two people alive from the rubble, Italian news agency ANSA reported. Search dogs and around 200 firefighters are combing for more victims, though torrential rain is slowing efforts, The New York Times reported. It's an "apocalyptic scene," a witness told Sky Italia, per Reuters.
The bridge had previously shown "signs of problems," Italy's deputy transport minister told the Times. The bridge was restructured in 2016, and its foundation was being strengthened and constantly monitored at the time of the collapse, Reuters said. Kathryn Krawczyk
At a little after 7:30 Tuesday morning in London, a car crashed into a security barrier outside Britain's Parliament building, injuring at least two pedestrians, neither seriously. There was a large and rapid response from armed police officers, and the male driver was arrested without incident. "While we are keeping an open mind," Scotland Yard said in a statement, "the Met's Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the Westminster incident." Parliament is not in session, but the area around Parliament Square and subway stations in the area were closed to the public.
BBC staffer Barry Williams told BBC News he witnessed the crash. "The car went onto the wrong side of the road to where cyclists were waiting at lights and ploughed into them," he said. "Then it swerved back across the road and accelerated as fast as possible and hit the barrier at full pelt. It was a small silver car and he hit it at such speed the car actually lifted off the ground and bounced. Then the police just jumped. Two officers managed to leap over the security barriers and then the armed police vehicles all sped towards the scene." Security barriers around Parliament were beefed up after a driver deliberately plowed into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge in March 2017, killing four people. Peter Weber
While lawyers argued a migrant mother and daughter's asylum case in Washington, D.C., the pair was apparently being deported from Texas.
Carmen, as she's known in court papers, is one of 12 plaintiffs in an ACLU court case challenging recent changes to America's asylum policy, The Washington Post reports. Two of the plaintiffs were already deported, and Carmen was about to be the next — if the federal judge hearing her case didn't intervene.
During a court recess Thursday, ACLU attorneys learned Carmen and her daughter were sent from a Texas detention center to fly out of the San Antonio airport at 8:15 that morning. The judge quickly ordered the Trump administration to "turn the plane around" and, if it didn't, threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court. He went on to call it "outrageous" that "someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her,” the Post reports.
Sessions announced changes to America's asylum policy in June, removing gang and domestic violence as "credible fear" reasons to grant migrants asylum in the U.S. The 12 plaintiffs in this ACLU case all failed "credible fear" interviews and were either being detained or already deported, per the Post. Lawyers weren't sure if Carmen and her daughter had already left the U.S. when the judge granted their stay.
President Trump has reimposed harsh sanctions lifted under the Iran nuclear deal. The European Union already wants to tear them apart.
In a Monday executive order, Trump followed through with his May plan to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions on the country, levying charges on precious metals, Iran's automotive sector, and other targets. Minutes later, European leaders released a statement jointly slamming the decision.
Iran was previously relieved from those sanctions under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in exchange for curbing its nuclear production capabilities. The JCPOA, commonly known as the Iran deal, was created with other major world powers, but the U.S. was thought to be strongest force holding it together. Trump has been a constant critic of the deal, and continued to slam it as "defective at its core" in his Monday executive order.
European leaders tried to convince Trump not to leave the deal earlier this year, and promptly slammed Trump's decision to withdraw in May. German, French, U.K., and EU foreign ministers united again Monday, releasing a joint statement saying they "deeply regret" Trump's reimposition of sanctions. In it, the leaders agree that "the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the deal" and will intensify their efforts to preserve it even without U.S. involvement.
Read the full text of Trump's executive order below. Kathryn Krawczyk
NEW: Trump admin reimposes sanctions "lifted under the horrible Iran deal."
“Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world,” Pres. Trump says. pic.twitter.com/QSs9CN8zXz
— ABC News (@ABC) August 6, 2018
U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department reported Friday. The total was less than the 194,000 economists polled by MarketWatch expected, but enough to nudge the unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent from 4 percent, near an 18-year low.
The July figure was considered solid but it was down from 248,000 added jobs in June, a figure adjusted up from an initial report of 213,000. Strong spending by consumers and businesses is boosting growth and increasing demand for workers across the economy, and the tightening job market has been slowly pushing wages higher, too. Average wages rose by 7 cents or 0.3 percent to $27.05 per hour, and yearly pay rate increases remained unchanged at 2.7 percent.
U.S. stock futures pared early gains after the report. Harold Maass
A Russian pop star may be the next lead in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Mueller has requested an interview with Emin Agalarov, the Russian singer who helped organize the June 2016 meeting between Trump affiliates and Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, NBC News has learned from Agalarov's lawyer.
Veselnitskaya possessed incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, Agalarov's father Aras wrote in an email to publicist Rob Goldstone, who passed the information on to Donald Trump Jr. President Trump's eldest son infamously responded with, "If it's what you say, I love it." Trump Jr., the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, and Veselnitskaya met in Trump Tower days later. Veselnitskaya said she was there to lobby against U.S. sanctions, and Trump Jr. later said he never got information on Clinton.
Aras Agalarov sent the email to Goldstone, but Veselnitskaya told NBC News last year that son Emin played a key role in organizing the meeting. President Trump appeared in an Emin Agalarov music video in 2013, and the singer released a 2018 video parodying the Mueller investigation. The pop star's lawyer did not tell NBC News if Mueller wants to speak with Aras Agalarov, who's tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kathryn Krawczyk